Laundry Room Refresh

Piles of clothes on the floor, half-full bottles of detergent cluttering up the shelves, and bad lighting: sound familiar? The laundry room is one of the hardest working spaces in the home, but it’s also often one of the most neglected. Thankfully, with a few simple tweaks, you can refresh your laundry space, creating a corner of your home that actually makes you (sort of) look forward to chore time. Ready? Let’s get organized and make this hardworking space more beautiful!

Ashley Capp Photography

Begin your laundry room refresh by assessing your current space, and deciding on a budget for this project, remembering that you can always start small and add more features over time. Perhaps this month you can commit to picking up a pretty art print or a new rug; next month a fresh light fixture and some shelving. Then, even if new machines and gorgeous wall tile have to wait, you can fully enjoy your space in the meantime. In the space shown above, a framed swan print, potted succulent, and small jar of clothespins makes this feel much more like a real room than a utilitarian closet. Lovely, right?

A Beautiful Mess

Creativity can go a long way when it comes to refreshing a small space, and the laundry room above, from Elsie of A Beautiful Mess, is a perfect example. Elsie used electrical tape to create fun patterns on the fronts of her washer and dryer, organized supplies in simple metal baskets, hung a typography print on the wall, and a pegboard for corralling tools on the wall. Organized, stylish, and on a budget? Yes, please.


If space is very tight, using the wall is a brilliant move, so don’t let any sliver of space go to waste! If there’s no room for a pegboard, consider other forms of wall-mounted storage, like the shelving and hooks shown above. Even so, there’s no need to forego style: a slim acrylic stool makes an elegant perch for towels fresh out of the dryer, and framed artwork on the wall sets the tone.

House & Home

Sometimes even one new element can make a big impact, like a chic laundry basket, or a pretty new rug on the floor, so don’t be afraid to start small. Stash your supplies out of sight in bins, put up a cork board for inspiration (and to hang that stain removal chart you always wish you had on hand), or place a tray for stacking towels atop your washer. And once your laundry room is clean and refreshed, you’ll be more motivated to keep the space looking beautiful … so it’s a win-win!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Origins Sheridan Tempest rug in silver gray; Loloi Rugs Isle rug in mist and aqua; Rugs America Asteria rug in lavender; Safavieh Courtyard rug in navy and beige.

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